The Quailblazer Times is the monthly newsletter for Children's House Montessori School.
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October 2018
Volume VI, Issue #1
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Korey's Corner

     Welcome CHMS Families to our new year! If the first weeks are any indication, we are in for an amazing school year. We have a staff "Dream Team" and your children are as sweet and kind and delightful as ever. The classrooms are a wonderful buzz of social and academic activity; it took them no time at all to settle in with enthusiasm and motivation. Also, as I mentioned in my email last week, the buddies were so excited to meet each other and there has been a lot of “visiting" since Friday….such heart warming bonding already. 

     The staff started the year off with a fabulous in-service here in Steve’s Barn on Sept.22nd. Thirty Montessori teachers from the various Montessori schools in our county gathered together to be inspired by the artist and art teacher, Julie Karlonas, who has written manuals for all ages titled “Sharing Art with Children, the Montessori Way”. I look forward to helping our classrooms incorporate these exciting methods and strategies this year.

     I also want to thank all of you who filled out our Parent Volunteer form. Children’s House really does take a village to accomplish all that we need and want and I couldn’t be more appreciative of your time and your talents. So many thanks, in advance, for all you have offered to do.

     Please come by to chat with me any time if you have any questions or concerns.  I may be working behind my desk, but I ALWAYS welcome your company. Thank you so much for your support and friendship and, most of all, for entrusting us with your most precious possessions.

On September 21st, we celebrated International Peace Day. We were joined by 150,000 people from 50 countries around the world. Montessori schools, among others, sang the song “Light a Candle for Peace” during their designated time according to their time zone. It goes from New Zealand to Hawaii in 24 hours. Please ask your child to sing “Light a Candle for Peace” for you and, together, please visit the website  where you can watch children from around world singing!​

     As part of our Peace Day ritual, we announced our Children’s House Buddies! Every elementary student was paired with a younger buddy. They got to know each other a little bit already but they will meet throughout the school year for events, activities and just to read a book,  draw a picture or help with class work. There is nothing more special than a Children’s House Buddy. Please look for our adorable Buddy Bulletin Board in the foyer!

It has been an amazing start to the new school year! Miss Tiffany and I are so glad to be in the classroom together with the littlest friends here at Children's House.

The children in our classroom have been adjusting beautifully to all of their new friends and big buddies. They are learning how our days flow, mastering new skills and how fun school can be ( even when we are missing our Moms and Dads ). Each child has already been working on many new independent skills in our environment and we are thrilled to see the progress each of them is making throughout these first few weeks. It is truly magical to watch the development of language, friendships and self confidence grow within each child.

A huge "thank you" to all of the amazing parents who support us, communicate with us and share their adorable children with us each day!
     ~Miss Jennifer


Primary has been busy this month! We have been studying apples (life cycle, parts of, and making applesauce with the help of the kindergarteners), learning about worms, and naming the continents!

You might even have the continent song stuck in your head all day like I do... “North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Australia, Antarctica, Af-ri-caaaaaa Everybody Now!”


"I'm writing my pink reading!"

The school year has started off very busy and filled with excitement for our Kindergarten class!
Here is what some of the children have been working on so far...

"I went to the bank!"


"I learned all my sounds!"

"I built a skyscraper, one of the tallest buildings in New York City!"


"I put those magnets on!"


"I'm writing my sounds for blue reading!"

from the Lower Elementary...

Our new school year has started wonderfully! Our new level 1 students had so many opportunities last year as Kindergarteners to become comfortable and familiar with the Lower El classroom that they arrived on September 10 with a very high level of ownership and self-direction. Level 2 and 3 students have been there to fill in the gaps and have made themselves ever-available to provide guidance and instruction. As a result, our classroom continues to feel like a safe and nurturing environment to challenge ourselves and develop our independence. Thank you older mentors for all you do!

Elementary Parents...

Elementary Poetry Recital

Friday, October 5th
We will start at 1:00, in order to allow time for each child.

from the Upper Elementary:

Upper Elementary has come back to school eager to learn and explore!  We have already begun investigating chemical reactions (endothermic/exothermic), the formation of the universe, and early civilizations. We were also happy to welcome Stacey, from SLO County I.W.M.A. (Integrated Waste Management Authority), who lead a discussion with the children about how to aim for a goal of zero waste in the future, and what they can do to reduce the generation of waste today!

Extended Care - After School
Welcome back to a new school year, and continued opportunities for exploration and discovery during Extended Care. As the school day ends, aftercare provides our children with some decompression time. They can spend some quiet time doing homework, making art or sitting with the rabbits, or release some pent up energy playing games. Of course the back field always offers endless hours of imaginative play and creative building.


Thank you, Etto Pastificio, and all our parent volunteers!



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